TGS 2008: Dragon Quest IX Trailer Impressions

Dragons, slimes, and magic are all included in the latest Dragon Quest IX trailer.

TOKYO--Dragon Quest is one of the most popular series in Japan, so people were excited to see a new Dragon Quest IX trailer. At the Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix had a large screen on one end of its rather large area dedicated to showing off new trailers. Dragon Quest IX for the Nintendo DS looks great on the dual screen, so we were disappointed that it was not playable, but we did thoroughly enjoy the new trailer.

The trailer began with a young boy running with a dog by his side. At this point, it doesn't seem very obvious that the game will be on the Nintendo DS. Bright white feathers fall from the sky, and the trailer cuts to a young man in armor running toward the inside of a cave to face a fearsome dragon. Before he reaches the dragon, a female magic user is by his side casting what we can only guess is some kind of enhancement spell before he charges head-on into the beast.

The cel-shaded artwork looks very much like the previous Dragon Quest game, and we got a closer look at the happy, bustling town of Dragon Quest IX. The four adventurers that we saw were dressed in some elaborate outfits complete with head gear. What stood out was that one of the girls had a gypsylike outfit on, and the trailer showed that you were able to change the character's outfit via the touch screen. There seemed to be a good variety of items to go through as well, so there's going to be a little bit of dress-up, which is a first. We watched as the group headed toward a temple, and then we got our first glimpse of the slime. It just wouldn't be a proper Dragon Quest without the permanently smiling tear-drop shaped monster.

Unlike the recent rerelease of Dragon Quest IV on the DS, the battle seems to be more involved where you can actually see your team members cast spells and attack. We watched in wonder as some of them pulled out some fancy lightning spells. As the trailer ended, we saw an oddly shaped fruit that seems to be the focus of the game. The fruit was returned to a glowing tree that was nestled in a dense and most probably sacred forest. Dragon Quest IX will be released in March 2009 in Japan, and we hope that it will eventually make its way to North America.

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27 comments
GOKUS789
GOKUS789

DQ was renamed DragonWarrior because there was already a game named DragonQuest in the US. So there was a trademark issue. Then the company went bankrupt and SE registered the DragonQuest name in the US. edit:nevermind I see bioclash already explained everything

Spongeskeeter
Spongeskeeter

I must say the most annoying thing for me is the fact that so many non-Japanese reviewers slam the Dragon Quest series and attempt to mock the series' popularity in Japan. If you're not a hardcore RPG fan who can appreciate the awesomeness of Dragon Quest, DON'T REVIEW THE GAME!! I'm glad to see Gamespot writing articles about the game from a fair perspective. I already have the japanese version of the game and I must say, a masterpiece it is indeed.

bioclash
bioclash

If RedSaynt were a true gamer as he claims, he would have known that the truth was that SPI, who was later bought by TSR, actually owned the name DragonQuest domestically back in the 80's. It was a series like Dungeons & Dragons. Because of the trademark infringement Enix had to rename the game to Dragon Warrior in the US. Had nothing to do with marketing, had to do with legality. In 2003 SquareEnix took over the Dragon Quest trademark in the US and abandoned the Dragon Warrior name.

canx12
canx12

is this gonna be dfor dsi or normal because it looks great on thse pictures

psylocke8
psylocke8

I am looking forward to this game when it comes to the U.S. I just don't like the fact that it is an online game. I like to control all the characters myself.

Lennah
Lennah

Looking forward to it. I loved DQ 8. Hope this ones good to.

RedSaynt
RedSaynt

The reason US changed the name to Dragon Warrior was when Nintendo first started. Most US players only liked fighting, racing, and action games. They were afraid that the word Quest would be bad for sales becuase only true gamers (like myself) knew how much fun an RPG game can be. So they gave it more action oriented title like Warrior. Now RPG's are more accepted in the US, its not just the hardcore gamers like us.

twe1ve_5tones
twe1ve_5tones

What you should be more confused about is why, in the first place, did Dragon Quest have to be named Dragon Warrior.

TheFarwind
TheFarwind

I'm still mildly confused about why the series name changed from dragon Warrior to Dragon Quest, but still, im looking forward to this next game in the series.

3dd138
3dd138

release: march 2009, and thats just japanese version of the game... WHY DO THEY KEEP US WAITING US SO LONG AND TEASE US WITH THE TRAILERS!! but anyway definitely getting this! loved the DQ VIII, hoping this will be as good (or even better..?)

Linthirria
Linthirria

hope the game is better then DQVI at the DS. Cuz that game wasnt really great. It was cool to play but not really great

ColdDice
ColdDice

I love DQ VII, so i am most definetly going to get this game

Yukihirou
Yukihirou

I'm a fan of the series and I own a ds. However, the next dragon quest adventure for the ds is somehow a disappointment for me. Will look to it but yeah, disappointed.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Okay ... let me complete the other games out on NDS first! I'm nearly finishing the japanese edition of DQV for NDS already ... gonna start on DQIV after that ... hope this one comes out after i am done!

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

wow they finally updated us on the status of this game...

Sodney
Sodney

Hope it it turns out well. The world really need more great ds games. This one looks a bit weird though.

rika95
rika95

"As the trailer ended, we saw an oddly shaped fruit that seems to be the focus of the game. The fruit was returned to a glowing tree that was nestled in a dense and most probably sacred forest." I wonder if the tree might be the World Tree of Dragon Quest lore? The fruit might be World Fruit or Ygdrasil Fruit with supernatural healing properties. That's must my speculation, based on my knowledge of Dragon Quest games.

SUPER_FLY_
SUPER_FLY_

not a big fan of dQ but ill try this one out if it come to north america

SUPER_FLY_
SUPER_FLY_

not a big fan of dQ but ill try this one out if it come to north america

weltall1028
weltall1028

I love this series, can't wait for the NA release!

Sagacious_Tien
Sagacious_Tien

Sounds very interesting. I was hoping it'd be playable though.

kappareign
kappareign

i hope its worth the wait. it certainly looks fantastic

rpger19e
rpger19e

Has a lot of promise. Hopefully it'll be perfectly polished like DQ8.

elbert_b_23
elbert_b_23

dragon quest is the best rpg series i can't wait for 9

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

Prepare for a DS resurgence in Japan, between the DSi and DQIX.